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‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ Live Action Adaptation Coming to Netflix; That’s Fine

Disclaimer, as I write this I am listening to the OP song, Smile Bomb; it just felt correct. As many anime fans have heard, Netflix has announced their intention to create a live action series based on the anime classic, Yu Yu Hakusho. Now, personally, this is one of my FAVORITE animes from back in the day. The gritty anime style of the early 90’s, the addicting sound effects, adult jokes, use of color, incredible action sequences, and the show’s dedication to its characters. For those that have never heard of it, the show (initially) is about a teenage boy, Yusuke Urameshi, a lover of fighting who dies saving a little girl from getting hit by a car. He floats in our world accompanied by Botan (called the Grim Reapear in the english dub), as he seeks to earn his second chance at life. From there he makes a squad(?) of other spirit powered badasses as they undergo new adventures and battles. It’s fantastic. Now, I can understand why devoted fans of the original have …

‘Sailor Moon Eternal’ How is it Going to Work?

You bet yout a** I’m talking about Sailor Moon! I do not discrimate against anime. If it’s good (and especially if it has the nostalgia factor) I’m going to chat! I was a moonie back in the 90’s. I loved it. It was essentially an all female Power Rangers summong the forces of nature to murder monsters the villains made out of used shoes and lipstick. Perfection. It is confirmed that the Sailor Moon: Eternal parts I and II will be releasing in early 2021 and are indeed sequels connected to the first three seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal. Man, this has been a bumpy ride. The lackluster animation of seasons one and two that only released twice a month, the change in animation for the third season (which was good!), and now after FIVE years the fourth arc is finally being adapted to movies instead of a series season. The art this time around is being brought to us by the original animator of the 90’s as I understand it; good call, nothing wrong …

Four Elements the ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Netflix Series Should Include From Original

Netflix has been working on their live-action adaptation of one of the most iconic anime’s of all time; Cowboy Bebop. Though no trailer, release date, or set pictures have hit the internet yet we know that production on the ten episode mini-series is well underway with a pretty exciting cast. What I want to touch on is what I feel are musts for the anticipated(?) series from the original. (SPOILERS) 1: Aesthetic: Right off the bat we have to talk about the look and feel of the futuristic Solar System. The show which released back in 1998 brought us visuals with that granular style common in old anime’s which I love. The live-action version of course will not be able to recreate the use of light and color in the same sense, but I hope it will immitate the set designs of these off-world cities and technology. The mini-series will be releasing more than two decades since the original but I feel that so much of it doesn’t need “updating.” The future that Shinichirō Watanabe …

“Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna” Review

You bet your A** I’m reviewing this! So, as the resident nerd on the couch it should come as no surprise that, back in the day, I was a die-hard Digimon fan. I watched the original two shows every saturday morning (religiously) and even stomached the Tri films. Following the trend of its predecessors, Last Evolution Kizuna engages another time jump bringing the core characters to 2010. At this time the majority of the original children have entered their 20’s and alas adulthood. Here we go; the good and the bad of this twenty-year franchise’s farewell. THE GOOD Animation: Getting the technical stuff out of the way as usual; the animation in this film is superb. Yes, it brings back the art design from the original two shows but with an upgrade. The majority of scenes, especially the action ones, are great to take in along with the score. As in awe as I was of the art I was equally frustated at the same time wondering where this effort was for the six films …

Thirteen Times ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Put Chichi Through Absolute Hell

In honor of the release of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot I wanted to go down memory lane, much as the game lets us do, and reflect on something that seemed to go unnoticed; all the times this anime just totally s*** on Chichi’s peace of mind. 1: Remember the time that Chichi thought her husband was taking their son to meet their childhood friends only to find out that he was murdered and her toddler was kidnapped by a former homicidal maniac? 2: Remember that time that two psychopathic aliens came to Earth and the frontline of defense was a former homicidal maniac, a lower than average height man, a serial cheater, a three-eyed man with his ambiguously defined partner, and yes, HER CHILD. 3: Remember that time that Chichi got her husband back, and her son survived a traumatic battle only to discover that her childhood friends were shipping him off to space to an unknown planet to retrieve magical balls that any other able adult could have volunteered for? 4: Remember that time …

‘Digimon Adventure Last Evolution Kizuna’: The End? Really?

I’m an anime nut! This is the first time I’m addressing anime content on the site, and what better IP to break the seal than with the one that got me started back in 1999. Yes, I am Digimon> Pokemon any day of the week! The latter was a cartoon show that served primarily as a commercial for the video games. Digimon, however, was a series that felt like an animated Goonies. Sure, it was plagued with coming out after the similarly named Pokemon, but it was something original! I swear! Anyway, originally released in 1999, Digimon has been around for twenty years and, according to Toei Animation, will take its final bow with the upcoming Digimon Adventure Last Evolution Kizuna. Intelligently, the classic anime remained committed to being a period focused series. Not only did the original premiere in 1999 but the series premieres with the chosen children at summer camp on August 1, 1999. From there the future installments revolved around 2002, 2005, and the final film will be set in 2010. As …

‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ Review

As always, an exploding pokeball of spoilers lies below. If you haven’t seen the film consider yourself warned! Pros 2: The Aesthetic: Right off the bat were introduced to a crisp morning where Pigeotto are flying through the sky. It’s right here that it hits me, holy s*** this is a live-action pokemon movie. The scene that follows shows Tim (Justice Smith) and his friend ducking low in the grass as they eye a wild Cubone for Tim to capture. It feels bizarre having been a fan of the franchise since 1997 to see this scene play out. Us pokemon fans deep down have always dreamed of something like this being possible and here it is! Not only is it great seeing Pokemon roam but Rhyme City itself feels like something straight from an anime cartoon. It’s alive and unique. You believe this world filled with pokemon and it’s good. 3: Justice Smith: He isn’t a pokemon trainer. Unfortunately, at eleven when he was getting ready to get his first partner his mother passed away tragically! Tim …

‘Detective Pikachu’ New Trailer and What it Means For the Future of Pokemon

Alright, if you say you never played or watched Pokemon back in the 90’s you are just straight up full of bologna! We were all fans. We all loved it. We all wanted to force those cute little monsters to burn, electrocute, whip, and beat the living hell out of each other so we could force them into a ball where they would live indefinitely until we needed them to commit the same violent acts against others. Too dark? Moving on… Detective Pikachu today dropped another short trailer with the sounds of “What A Wonderful World” (so fitting) while it showcased the wonders of the first live-action Pokemon film. Though I was doubtful of this movie, and still have some hesitations, there is no denying that there is promise. Alas, where there is promise there is a franchise. Should the Detective Succeed: The thing that I find most creative about this film is the trojan horse it can prove to be. It is setting up this specific story with a talking pikachu, there is a mystery …

Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’: Why the Excitement is Real

For those who may not know, the beloved 1998 anime series, Cowboy Bebop, has been chosen by Netflix to be adapted for a live-action version. Some who are not familiar with the show (or the anime genre as a whole) might be thinking, ‘what’s the big deal? It’s not like it’s Dragonball Z…’ (sip my scotch) Cute!  This might not be the most well recognized series by casual fans, but it is hands down one of the most iconic anime’s of all time! So, what makes it so great and why do we have to look forward to it? Well, “3, 2, 1, let’s jam.” 1: The Soundtrack of All Soundtracks: Right out of the gates one of the things that makes this series so special is its music. the opening sequence shows us flashes of images, black panels, our lead character lighting a cigarette, and the bongos begin. From this moment you know you’re in for something special. The soundtrack consists of original jazz pieces that breathe so much life into the series. I …